Children & Youth Staff

Cassidy Plunkett, Director of Children & Family MinistryEMAIL CASSIDY

As Director of Children & Family Ministry, I work to help our families connect to God and to one another, at home, here at North Raleigh, and in our community. I have a background in children’s and family ministries, and I love this opportunity to walk in faith alongside people of all ages. I recently completed a Master’s degree at Duke Divinity School, and hope to continue on the path as a candidate for ordination. It is my hope to help all who come to my door know the fullness of God’s abounding love.

I have lived in Raleigh most of my life, and I am grateful to be raising my two sweet daughters here now. Hailey is 10 and Keelyn is 8. Both girls love God, love their family, love to serve those around them, and love to dance. Together, we find time to bake, paint, walk in the peace of nature, and love on our elderly cat and forever-young dog. I’m a runner and a coffee lover, and music and sunshine always make me happy. Nothing gives me more peace than spending time outside with my children in God’s creation, just giving thanks for all that we have been given here on earth to care for.


Jen Haselden, Director of Youth Ministry – EMAIL JEN

I am the Director of Youth Ministry and I run all events and programming for students 6th-12th grade. I’m starting my 5th year in ministry here at NRUMC and I look forward to another great year to come. When I’m not in my office or hanging out with students, you can find me playing music, attending concerts, hiking, or sleeping on the couch with my dog, Hazel.

I began a career as a music therapist before recognizing my call to student ministry, and I still love to lead music and worship. Growing up as a pastor’s kid in North Alabama, I’m no stranger to the United Methodist Church, and because of my experiences as a student I have a deep passion for summer camp ministry.

My mom, dad, sister, and my seven-year-old nephew live in Decatur, AL and we all cheer for the the Crimson Tide!


courtney allen

Courtney Allen, Director of North Raleigh
United Methodist Preschool

I am the Director of North Raleigh United Methodist Preschool. I started as a lead teacher with the Preschool 8 years ago. I had the privilege of being hired as the Director 2 years ago. The Preschool is what brought us to NRUMC. We have since grown to know many members, become involved in ministries of the church and have been made to feel like family. Prior to coming to NRUMC, I had been a stay-at-home Mom for about 3 years. I was also the Director of an Agricultural Museum and Marketing Manager of a small bank in Washington, NC.

I was born and raised in Raleigh, where my parents and brothers still reside. I received my undergraduate and graduate degrees from East Carolina University.  My undergraduate degree is in Human Environmental Science and my Masters is in Public Administration.

I am married to Jeff Allen, who is a native of Greenville, NC. We have two sons, Jordan (13) and Jacob (11).

With the small amount of free time I have, I like to work on scrapbooks and spend time with my family. Most recently I have enjoyed singing with the chancel choir for holiday cantatas.